Summary: Forget about The Expendables , if you want R-rated action done properly then you've come to the right place, because Gareth Evans' The Raid is an instant action classic. It doesn't get a perfect score because it's not quite a game-changer and has a very thin story, but then again, it's not supposed to be reinventing the wheel. It's happy to simply shoot, stab, chop, punch and kick the wheel all over the place, and it does so with no small amount of style.
Excerpt: Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon may have kick-started a resurgence of the Fantasy Kung Fu genre back in 2000, but for fans of Modern Martial Arts films like Police Story Tiger Cage the new millennium has been bitterly stagnant. It hasn't helped that in this time HK audiences have shown more interest in Hollywood-style action flicks starring scrawny pretty-boys like Edison Chen, who look like they'd struggle to lift a pint of milk, than the finely trained and...
Summary: Everything you’ve heard about The Raid is true. This is the best action film in years, one that doesn’t muck around in terms of getting things cracking and barely lets up for its running time. The Raid is rammed full of action sequences, with an unfathomable number of dudes succumbing to guns, knives, hands, fists and other helpful accessories in fashions that will defy audiences to stifle their applause.
Excerpt: 'This film contains scenes of violence' is an understatement when it comes to "The Raid". It's all violence, with a handful of scenes to remind you that there is a point to this mortal combat, even if that point is going to be forgotten as soon as the credits role. Surprisingly, the acting in these scenes is seriously impressive and actually heightens the reality and terror of the situation.